Buzz 2.0: Hype factor of all things 2.0

It has become evident that for all words ending in 2.0 (web 2.0, learning 2.0, …) that definitions differ and ubiquities are born. After only a week of this Learning 2.0 blog, purists in the field have pointed out that we should be about eLearning 2.0, based on our community and the content of our blog. These conversations have forced our hand in adding a little more definition to our view of Learning 2.0.

To us, Learning 2.0 is about collectivism and applied learning through technology. We use it to express a new way of learning whether that is e-Learning, blended, mobile learning and/or instructor led. The “2.0” really comes into play when collaborative technologies are involved. The reasoning for this technology focus comes from “web 2.0” (first use of 2.0) which is about technology and the network of people surrounding it.

At the end of the day, our disconnects are forged by the overwhelming use of 2.0. Maybe the most common theme that we can identify between all terms 2.0 is that it refers to an evolution or era that might not always be clear however can be used to express the future of things; this is directly inline with what we mean by “Learning 2.0”.

In the effort of laughing at all words /terms that end in 2.0, we offer this definition:

Buzz 2.0: Is a new buzzword, to be commonly used in managerial, technical, administrative, and sometimes political environments. It comically parallels the abuse and ubiquities of adding ‘2.0’ at the end of a word.

We have sat in boardrooms and listened to the seniors discuss how Web2.0 and KM will lead ‘the organization’ out of the fire and not the future. When will they realize that it is really about how the organization will apply requirements to the available technologies. Progress is requirement driven and technically facilitated.

If we offended you with this article, please forgive us. Even better, leave us a comment so we can continue this discussion.


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